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Watch for animals distressed by extreme heat

Posted May 28, 2019

dog sits in a small pool
Most dogs enjoy a cool dip in a wading pool on a hot summer day.

As summer nears, Fort Worth’s Animal Care and Control urges residents to be on the lookout for animals that may be in distress due to extreme heat.

Take note of these important hot weather tips to keep pets healthy:

  • Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle, even if windows are partially opened, as it can become a furnace within 15 minutes. Temperatures can range from 131-172 degrees.
  • Dogs and cats need cool, shady places during the hot weather with plenty of clean, fresh water accessible at all times.
  • Feed animals in the cooler hours of the day.
  • Protect your dog’s paws from getting burned on hot pavement. Walk your dog on grass or other cooler surfaces. Dogs’ paws can burn easily.
  • Heatstroke is life-threatening for dogs and cats. Signs to watch for are heavy or loud breathing, a staggering walk or a bright red tongue.

To report animals that may be in distressed situations, call, 817-392-1234.

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